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The Hillside Strangler Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
October 15, 2004
Career-wise, no one really stands to benefit from the film, with the exception of Turturro, who shows he's ready for bigger cinematic opportunities.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
November 6, 2004
Dumbed down and sexed up, 'Hillside' cashes in on the overtly lurid aspects of the murders while giving short shrift to the more interesting psychological aspects of the case.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 19, 2004
Feels very cheesy due to its awkward, period-style acting and directing. But it's also chillingly informative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 12, 2004
Here's one for the Sick Voyeurs Club.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
October 14, 2004
This relentlessly unpleasant film documents the true story of cousins whose murder spree in late 1970's Los Angeles was at first attributed to a lone killer known as the Hillside Strangler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 12, 2004
Another repulsive, fetishistic trawl through the life and crimes of a serial killer.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
October 14, 2004
A good horse kick, or a fistful of Valium, may help you get through this relentlessly sadistic exercise with your soul more or less intact.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2004
A garishly slick piece of exploitation with surprisingly high production values but nary a moment of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2004
Sordid and sleazy, although the lead performances are hard to fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 12, 2004
Parello's deadpan re-creation of the stranglers' repellent war on women is all the more chilling for being so matter-of-fact, and cinematographer John Pirozzi flawlessly evokes the grit-and-grime look of low-budget '70s crime films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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